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Old January 29, 2013, 12:30 PM   #13
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From the comments at the Blaze story:

The MANPAD pictured is a FIM 43 US military issue (1968-95)
The FIM-43 Redeye was produced for U.S. Army in the 70′s, 80′s and early 90′s before it was replaced with the FIM-92A Stinger. It had a weight of 18.3lbs and was just under 4′ long. It had an effective range of 14,800ft with an M222 Blast-fragmentation warhead. The warhead weighed 2.35lbs and detonated via an impact fuze. It had a top speed of Mach 1.7 and was guided via infrared homing.
Another commenter stated:

The shoulder fired missile systems developed for the military are intended for one-and-done use. While they can be reloaded & reused, one would only do so if one didn’t mind the system blowing up on their shoulder. The pressure of the first launch ruins the tube, and therefore the system becomes useless for a second.
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